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Arizona Wildcats Coach Adia Barnes Gives Birth to Daughter


A special addition to Adia Barnes’ family arrived this morning with the birth of daughter Capri.

Barnes, whose husband Salvo Coppa is one of her assistant coaches at Arizona, first tweeted this at about 5 a.m.:

She also showed she continued to do coaching duties up until giving birth:

Barnes first informed the public about her pregnancy as a guest of the Eye on the Ball radio show on May 8.

β€œI found out the day after the UCLA game (on Jan. 31) β€” that’s the day I found out I was pregnant,” Barnes said.

Barnes, whose son Matteo is 5, said with a laugh about her pregnancy: β€œOne positive thing about COVID-19 is that I’ve been able to hide.”

Barnes published a series of photos a few days ago with Salvo and Matteo stating, “Our last weekend as a family of three.”

Adia Barnes with her husband Salvo Coppa and son Matteo (Barnes-Coppa photo)

Barnes, 43, is entering her fifth season at Arizona, where she earned All-American honors in 1997-98. She is 68-60, including 48-20 in her last two seasons.

The Wildcats, who were 24-7 overall and 12-6 in the Pac-12 last season, were expected to host the first and second round of the NCAA tournament in March but COVID-19 thwarted their chance to be in March Madness for the first time in 15 years.

Arizona, led by All-American senior guard Aari McDonald, is expected to challenge for a Pac-12 title this season and make another run for the NCAA tournament.


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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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